One of the biggest issues with plumbing systems is their tendency to develop problems without any warning. Not that plumbing issues tend to suddenly jump out and ruin the system (though sometimes that does happen). It’s more that plumbing issues develop slowly, subtly, without being noticed by homeowners.
Without professional training and equipment, most of these issues will go unnoticed until they develop far enough to cause serious issues. By the time you notice them, they will cost a lot more to repair than if they had been caught earlier. There are ways to detect plumbing issues a bit earlier, though, if you know what to look for. Let’s go over some of the ways you can identify whether or not you need professional plumbing services quickly.
Dropping Water Pressure
It is pretty much never a good sign when the water pressure starts dropping in your home. It’s possible that the issue is located in your city’s water main, but chances are they would have notified you if work needed to be done in that area. Dropping water pressure in one part of your home tends to mean that there is either a blockage forming, or a leak that is growing large enough to be a serious problem. It’s important that you have a professional examine your pipes as soon as possible, lest the surrounding area experience some significant water damage.
Check Your Water Meter
The water meter in your home monitors how much water actually leaves the plumbing system, which lets your utility company know how much to charge you each month. One quick way to check and see if you have a leak in your home is to turn off all plumbing appliances, and then have a look at your water meter. If the meter isn’t running, then you probably don’t have any large leaks anywhere in your home. If the meter is still running, though, then you probably have a leak in the system somewhere. It’s a good idea to call for repairs at that point.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance!
The above tips will help you detect problems a bit earlier, hopefully before they can cause catastrophic damage to the system. However, the best way to prevent your plumbing system from suffering more damage is to catch problems before they start to display any symptoms. The best way to do that is to schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. A preventive maintenance appointment will give your technician the opportunity to locate any problems that may be developing in your plumbing system, and resolve them quickly. Provided you’re consistent about scheduling preventive maintenance for your system at least once a year, you can save thousands of dollars in repair costs. This makes maintenance the best way to catch plumbing issues before they become too damaging.
Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive plumbing repair and maintenance services in Perkasie, PA. If you need plumbing services of any kind, we are here to help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional plumbers.